Review: Immortal Rules – Julie Kagawa
Title: Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden Book 1
Release Date: April 24 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen- Net Galley
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 Hoots
Buy From: Amazon/ Barnes and Noble/ Book Depository
Sum It Up! Even if you have never read YA, or you don’t like dystopian novels, or vampires, there is no way that you can read this book without liking it!
In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die
or become one of the monsters.
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for. (Goodreads)
The biggest trend for the past couple years has been vampires (especially in Young Adult Fiction). But what has happened to the scary vampire, the one that was imagined by Stephen King, and Bram Stoker? Well, Julie Kagawa has found them! The vampires in The Immortal Rules are dangerous, intimidating, and slightly impossible to like. Then there are the strange evolutions of vampires called Rabids which have no recollection of humanity and only want to feed. Slightly reminiscent of zombies, they can contaminate the person they are feeding on with a single bite; if that person is lucky enough to not die right away they have a large chance of eventually turning.
One of the greatest things I enjoyed about this book was the fact that we get a clear picture of who the main character is, Allie, in the beginning of the book. Then we see her transformation to becoming a vampire and how she has to deal with the changes. Allie is not the same person from the beginning of the book until the end, but she grows in great ways that are necessary for the movement of the novel.
Julie Kagawa does a great job of drawing in her readers and creating a world that they want to inhabit (at least temporarily in this case). There was so much hype involved with this book, because of the success of her other YA series, that is was almost difficult to start the book. The idea of how great it would be was strong in my mind. Not only didThe Immortal Rules meet my expectations, it surpassed them!
Even if you have never read YA, or you don’t like dystopian novels, or vampires, there is no way that you can read this book without liking it! The only drawback was that it is a long book (485 pages for the HC), but that almost didn’t seem long enough in the end.
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